About Prof. Trevor Burke
Trevor Burke graduated from Queens University in Belfast, and, following academic appointments in Belfast and Manchester, he worked in general dental practice in Manchester for 22 years, whilst also working in the of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Manchester. He has been Professor of Primary Dental Care at the University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry since 2000.
Trevor is (co)author of 370 papers in peer-reviewed journals and three books. He has been awarded over 80 research grants. His main research interests include properties and applications of tooth-colored restorative materials, and the translation of in vitro research on dental materials into the clinical situation. In this regard, he co-ordinates the work of the PREP (Product Research and Evaluation by Practitioners) Panel, established in 1993, a group of dentists who carry out research in their practices. This group, which has now completed over 70 evaluations of materials and techniques, presently has 30 members. He is also the Editorial Director of the journal, Dental Update. His most recent research has involved the interrogation of a 10million restoration dataset which he helped establish, in which the restorations are followed for 16 years, enabling not only the survival of the restoration to be assessed, but also the survival of the restored tooth, arguably the more important criterion. Trevor’s time at the University is mainly spent being Director of the Masters course in Advanced General Dental Practice.